Video Games

Video games and world building: Taking players somewhere they’ve never been before

December 16, 2018

2018 has been crazy good for RPG’s. The worlds that have been massive and immersive, and deep in content. What is curious is how the developers of these games let players in on the facts of the worlds they’ve built. Information is given to players in interesting ways that differ from game-to-game. From letting players […]

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What could be the selling points of the next generation of consoles?

December 15, 2018

We have, if you can believe, almost reached the end of the current generation of consoles, and with news of PlayStation pulling out of E3 in 2019 in rumoured preparation of a hardware announcement, speculation is mounting as to what the selling points could be for the next generation. 2019 is going to be an […]

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What exactly makes for a good mobile game?

December 14, 2018

Blizzard’s announcement of their latest mobile title, Diablo Immortal, shook many fans of the series to their core. For better or worse, Diablo Immortal on Blizzard’s to-do list and that is a fact that its detractors must learn to live with. They can, of course, simply elect to not spend any money on it if they […]

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Chill out mates, Beau Ryan and PlayStation are gonna tell you how to #PlayItCool this summer

December 13, 2018

PlayStation Australia know that being a gamer in the summer is a bit rubbish. You have to have the windows open so its hard to see the TV during the day, which is no good. If you want to close the place up to create a little darkness, it means running the aircon while you […]

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Competition: Win one of three double passes to the Gfinity Elite Series Finals in Sydney!

December 12, 2018

The AU Review has partnered with our friends at Alienware Australia to give away three double passes to the Gfinity Elite Series Finals this weekend! All the finals action will go down at the Gfinity esports arena at Sydney’s Hoyts Entertainment Quarter on Saturday, December 15 and Sunday, December 16. Be there live as Sydney […]

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A discussion of blame, intent and Fallout 76

December 12, 2018

It’s safe to say that Fallout 76 has been one of the year’s most controversial releases, plagued with issues ranging from internal bugs, to botched preorder incentives and now a serious privacy and security breach. One of the most recent of the controversies, before the, y’know, significant data breach, was the PR minefield regarding a canvas […]

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Games Review: Super Smash Bros Ultimate (Switch, 2018) is the Greatest Hits collection you’ve always wanted

December 11, 2018

It’s been 20 years since Masahiro Sakurai became the architect of one of the riskiest experiments in Nintendo’s history. Super Smash Bros‘ dramatic origin story is well known — Sakurai had an idea for a four-player fighting game featuring Nintendo characters. Sakurai was acutely aware that getting Nintendo to approve a game about their beloved […]

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Using eSports science to improve the competitive gaming: An interview with Matthew Pluss

December 11, 2018

Australia has been absolutely spoiled with the eSports scene as of late. With people like Scott Kennedy (Custa) representing us on the world stage at the Overwatch League, for the LA Valiant, with the recently sponsored JB Hi-Fi Melbourne eSports open happening, and the even more recent Quake eSports event at PAX Melbourne, not to […]

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Bethesda celebrates Doom‘s 25th birthday with a commemorative trailer

December 11, 2018

id Software’s Doom, the progenitor of the first person shooter genre as we know it, turns 25 today. A game that was so uniquely itself that the term First Person Shooter was invented so we could stop called them “Doom clones,” Doom is an indelible component in the gaming landscape. To commemorate the 25 year […]

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Games Review: Just Cause 4 (PS4, 2018) looks like a relic of the PlayStation 2 era and I wish I knew why

December 11, 2018

Only two years ago, I reviewed Just Cause 3 for what was then the AU’s film and TV masthead, The Iris. In writing that review, I learned an important lesson about the link between taking your time and offering responsible critique. What a great opportunity to reaffirm that lesson, I thought when our review copy […]

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Why Valve’s stranglehold on PC gaming might finally be coming to an end

December 11, 2018

Decisions made by major developers have made this year have indicated Steam’s uncontested reign as the dominant PC gaming storefront may be coming to an end. This week, a conversation has sprung up around the Epic Games Store and the value it offers developers when selling their games. Does Valve finally have direct competition? To call Steam […]

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What makes a good ‘Ongoing’ game, now that we’re awarding games that have continued support?

December 10, 2018

This year marks the second year that The Games Awards have celebrated an ‘Ongoing game’ award, beginning last year and being won by Overwatch, to recognise “A trend towards games that continue to entertain long after their release and continue to grow and evolve with their players”, as last years presented made out on stage. […]

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Games Review: That Civilization VI (Switch, 2018) works on a console at all is kind of a miracle

December 9, 2018

Civilization VI was already complicated game long before the decision was made to port it to console. A great game to be sure, but a very complicated one. Civ has long made its home on the PC. The game’s overall complexity and forest of nested menus made a jump to console seem all but impossible. […]

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Games Review: Battlefield V (PC, 2018) is the most interesting World War 2 video game in years

December 7, 2018

Battlefield V is goddamned pretty. It’s something I’ve continually murmured to myself while reviewing DICE’s latest entry in their longrunning shooter franchise. Nobody is capable of squeezing the visual juice out of EA’s Frostbite engine quite as well as they can. The game they have constructed with it isn’t just one of the best Battlefield […]

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Games Review: Hitman 2 (Xbox One, 2018) plots the perfect murder

December 5, 2018

When your company, a video game developer known for a very niche, though long-running series, is cut loose from its home at a well-known publisher, there is good reason to believe you’ll never make a game again. This was the nightmare scenario that played out for Hitman developer IO interactive when Square-Enix decided to remove […]

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Games Review: Fallout 76 is great for about four hours, and then it’s pretty awful

December 4, 2018

The biggest fear I had following Bethesda’s announcement of Fallout 76 was that the move to an online would blow up in their faces. Adding real people to the equation has always been one of fastest ways to ruin any gaming experience. But, from time to time, it’s also the best way to create unique, […]

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A love letter to the humble video game grappling hook

December 4, 2018

Think about all the video games you’ve played. Now think about how many of those titles didn’t have a grappling hook in them and how lame that was. The grappling hook is one of the most iconic tropes in video games history. It has such longevity that people are still making games built around it […]

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It’s been a monumental year for RPG’s, but how did Bethesda miss the mark?

November 29, 2018

From what I’ve seen, 2018 has proven to be one thing, above a whole lot of other things: the year of the Role-Playing Game. Between releases like Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, Vampyr, Octopath: Traveler, Monster Hunter World, and new studio attempts at RPG’s like Ubisoft’s Assassins Creed Odyssey and Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2, we have been […]

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Custom Made: A reflection on my painful desire to look good in video games

November 27, 2018

I have a crippling desire to look good in video games. It’s an unfathomably stupid impulse, but creating the most beautiful possible avatar in any given game is a habit I regularly give in to. I am certain I am not alone in this. To preface this piece – the two games I really threw […]

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What to expect from Red Dead Redemption Online when it launches this week

November 27, 2018

Warning, this article contains spoilers for Red Dead Redemption 2, read at your own peril Red Dead Redemption 2 is likely to be “Game of the Year” from a tonne of different award ceremonies; it’s a juggernaut of design, deep in conception and brilliant in execution, to the pain of talented developers who have worked […]

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